Bridal Shows and Expos in Alberta

“Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.”

Seth Godin CEO of Yoyodyne.

Although there are a number of places you can purchase a wedding dress from there can only be one dress, so you want to make sure you’re happy with what you pick. The best way to see what’s out there all in one sitting, is by going to trade shows and bridal expos in your area. At an expo you can watch live models move freely on the runway, in a variety of dress designs and glamorous hair styles. Shopping for your wedding gown this way is good because you can keep a running list of your likes and dislikes.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to wear a frilly dress with delicate, hand stitched beading and embroidery and lots and lots of ruffles. Attending an expo gives you a wider variety of styles and colors to choose from, all under one roof. You can take your best friend or fiancé, maybe even your bridesmaids. The shows are well coordinated and showcase everything from wedding gowns to dresses for the mother of the bride and her bridesmaids, as well as formal wear for the groom and his groomsmen and flower girls. Take a camera to collect a gallery of snapshots of the garments you like the best.

Alberta has a number of bridal expos scheduled on this year’s calendar:

  • The Bridal Fantasy Show: This show is massive. As soon as you walk through the door you see is bridal wear, accessories, wedding apparel and paraphernalia as far as the eye can see. Vendors who specialize in everything to do with brides and weddings, have well-stocked booths with a variety of veils, garter belts, invitations, ring pillows, flower baskets, silverware, sashes for dresses, sashes for chairs and an assortment of satin gloves, everywhere. It’s a bride’s paradise. There are also experts who give consultations and mini lectures about alternatives for wedding planning. It’s held in Calgary and the expo has shows scheduled throughout the year and have everything you need to throw a fruitful event. The admission fee is $25.00.
  • The Drumheller Badlands Community Facility Wedding Showcase: If you’re still looking for a venue to hold your wedding, the Badlands Community Facility Wedding Showcase can point you in the right direction. The affair is customized specifically for the bride and groom to be, to be able to hear about the assortment of venues available for their wedding. The show focuses on exotic locations from nautical weddings underwater to charming barn weddings, to royal themed weddings held in exotic mansions. Other aspects of the exhibition are centered around wedding themes like renaissance weddings, contemporary elegance, chic country or Lace and Pearl themed vow exchange ceremonies. There’s no admission charge for the event, but an RSVP is required.
  • The With This Ring Bridal Gala: With This Ring gala is held twice a year in Red Deer, Alberta and takes place at Westerner Park. This gala has a variety of exhibitors with names like Black Knight Tuxedos, Creative Cakes by Carol, the la petite Jaune Fleur Floral Boutique and much more. There will be shows and prize giveaways by vendors of cash prizes, bridal apparel and wedding gifts of several kinds. Engaged couples are encouraged to come and taste cake samples, find out what limousine services are available for their big day and view hair designs and gowns and other wedding garments. The charge is $15.00 and there will be door prizes given away.

Barn Weddings in Alberta

“You taught me to slow down and enjoy the beauty of a sunset, to see the wonder of a flower, and to live as if it’s your last day.”

Papa’s Old Barn Michael D’Arienzo.

Barn weddings are the quaint, rural way of enjoying a more rustic setting for your marriage experience. Barns are open for public use by appointment and they’re so popular that if you don’t contact the owners at least 12 months in advance, you might not get booked. The Rocky Mountains are a great place to have your barn wedding. They’re romantic and not necessarily unsophisticated. Barn weddings make you look inward at the more important things in life, for fulfillment.

If you’re planning to use a barn as the venue for your wedding, a lot of preparation is required. Is the location zoned for events like a wedding? If not, you must acquire a zoning permit in order to throw the wedding. Portable restrooms are popular when you have lots of people in attendance at your function, so scheduling Port-a-Potty set-ups is a must. You also have to run electric wiring for service throughout the structure to ensure that there are outlets for musicians to plug up their band equipment, for the catering company to hook-up their portable food warmers and woks, and to make sure that you have enough light in the space, not only for guests to see the ceremony, but also to take quality photos.

Checking items in advance will help you to avert problems like having animal and farm duties in operation during and around the day of the wedding. Because of the nature of a farm, you may also want to ask which kinds of insurance needs to be purchased in case of mishaps. Once those bases are covered, you are ready to secure your events date and time.

There are several barns locations to choose from in Calgary and other areas of Alberta.

  • Cherry Creek Estates: This farm is irresistible. It is 13,000 square feet of earth-toned, Rocky Mountain pleasure. The structure is a mansion that is set against to outline of both the Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Mountain range. You can make your choice between two barns that have been renovated and re-purposed as event halls. The wood work on these barns is unbelievable and will leave a favorable impression on you and your guests that will last for a lifetime. Cherry Creek is located on the outskirts of Kimberley, BC.
  • Silver Sage Stables: Silver Sage Stables, situated just east of Vernon, BC is another of the many sites to hold your barn wedding event in Canada. Imagine looking up at sparkling chandeliers hanging from the beams of this vintage-look barn. It’s has over 2700 square feet of space for all the tables and chairs you need, plus outdoor stable ground for grilling or portable set up equipment. The rafters in this barn are bare and exposed, and the wood ceiling is marvelous.
  • Willow Lane Barn: The Willow Lane Barn is situated on the prairie in Alberta. With its country appeal and beard grass flowing located 10 minutes from the bustling province of Red Deer, Alberta and Calgary, Willow Lane Barn has a majestic feel. The wood work is superb and its ceiling is vaulted and inverted. The rafters in this barn are crisscrossed which makes for a memorable and charming wedding commemoration. A working farm is adjacent to the barn and it’s located less than 10 minutes from Calgary city limits.

Romantic Wedding Destinations in Alberta

“Come live with me and be my love and we will some new pleasures prove. Of golden sands and crystal brooks, with silken lines and silver brooks.”

The Bait by John Donne.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway location to exchange vows, why not put Alberta, Canada on the list? The lakes in Alberta are immaculate, sparkling bodies of water that are idealistic as a dreamy backdrop for wedding pictures. The surrounding mountain region that borders the lakes, is awe inspiring. Whether you’re looking for a little hamlet to fish in or for the mystical beaches of a blissful shore experience, in Alberta you can find a bit of both.

The resort areas in Alberta specialize in knowing what luxury is and as such, have a vast array of fun activities and amenities to cater to guests, whether foreign or domestic. There are a variety of hotels and other venues that are beautiful as well as functional, to take care of all your wedding event needs.

  • The Eagles Nest Retreat: The Eagles Nest Retreat is a private manor and land that encompasses the Galiano Island tip and leads into and is a part of Provential Park. The retreat began as a Bed & Breakfast in early 1990. It gets excellent reviews from former and returning guests about how impressive the architecture is and about the good hot food visitors have eaten there, and it was written up in Northwests Best Places as noteworthy for appealing structural design and inspirational location. Amenities include Jacuzzi hot tubs and elaborate, spacious rooms with a break-taking view, and refrigerators with a wet bar.
  • The Fairmont Empress Hotel: The Fairmont Empress Hotel is an impressive and monumental place to hold the wedding that you want to make into a grand affair. The building is colossal and looks like a turn of the century palace for dignitaries with its red brick structure covered by leafy ivory. The Empress is located on a waterfront that’s bordered by a dock where you can park a boat or use your jet skis to have a fabulous time. The Crystal Ballroom is a well preserved historical location of the building that is sure to impress invitees.
  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery: As one of Canada’s most frequented landmarks, this world renowned Kelowna winery is among many others in the region that offer wedding ceremonies. They have a variety of packages to choose from that extend different options of where you can plan your big day – either lawn The Heritage or The Vineyard, The Summerhill Pyramid or the Vineyard Ballroom – where you can make your all your amazing wedding dreams come true. The Summerhill Bistro looks out over the Okanagan Lake, giving you a setting for remarkable photos of your nuptials.
  • The Lavender Fields Herb Farm: If you’re a lover of flowers, you may want to consider the Lavender Fields Herb farm for your wedding venue. The farm is located in Okanagan Valley beside Okanagan Lake. If was founded in 1994 and has over 40 assortments of lavender that extend across an eight-mile plot. Imagine rows and rows of purple then you will somewhat know what it will feel like having the Lavender Fields experience…it’s a great picture opportunity.
  • The Watermark Beach Resort: If you want to hold the special event on a beachfront, the Watermark Beach Resort has what you’re looking for. The one thousand feet of beautiful, beach has crystalized, white sand and sets against the border of the Osoyoos lake. The lake is well known for being the warmest of all of the Canadian bodies of water. The rooms are spacious and give a wonderful view of blue freshwater and the surrounding region. Either of these incredible places is interchangeable in terms of style, splendor, and purpose for your small and personable or extravagant wedding wishes.

Wedding Dress Trends for the Season

“I’ll meet you at the altar.” “I’ll be the one in white!”

Stephanie Meyer, Breaking Dawn.

Soft, sleek lines, silky lace, satiny silhouettes, plunging necklines and wistful trains is the stuff that dreams are made of – the foundation of a great wedding memory. For each season, in order to know what looks best on brides, you have to keep up with seasonal trends.

The designers, stylists and fashion gurus can’t be wrong. There are too many happy brides per capita to dismiss the idea that the latest wedding dress trends don’t matter. Each season spawns another fantastic array of beautiful reveals issued forth during bridal fashion week.

For 2016 everything from crystal beaded embroidery by Naeem Khan to Oscar de la Renta’s Spanish inspired capelet dress is fancied by adoring fans of wedding apparel everywhere.

Designer Alon Livne White’s assortment of milky white dresses in his collection of bridal gowns was jaw dropping, as models strolled down the runway in style. The fall ensemble consists of floor length frocks with nude, sheer bodices embellished with floret styled embroidery. The designer was sure to implement contemporary touches to a traditional variety of sheath-like dresses. Though some of the garments were form fitting, others were loose in fit. Certain pieces ensemble architecture that you might find on a cathedral.

Naeem Khan’s fall assortment intrigued spectators with his frisky use of hand stitched pearl sequins combined with chiffon. Last year’s inspiration for his collection was the roaring 1920’s with shimmy dresses and tassels. This year’s theme is international destinations like Lyon and Saint Tropez and l’Opera. You’re bound to envision French, Italian, Spanish and Indian weddings after watching this runway show. The trains on his dresses range from brush to court, chapel and even cathedral and narrow the waistline.

Marchesa’s spring collection consists of a dainty selection of light, airy looking dresses that are trumpet in form – glove-fit that flares below the knee and with a fitted bodice. Some are sheathed to show off girlish figures. Each dress has elaborate beaded appliques with beautiful floral patterns that embodies an innocent feel of its wearer. Although the dresses are exquisitely designed, they have what could be described as a characteristic of modesty about them. Marchesa’s mermaid style dress is sleeveless and has a sweetheart neckline, with astonishing floral embroidery and bead work. The train of the dress flares out right below the knee and softly trails behind when walking.

Hayley Paige’s are sure to make you look like the belle of the ball. The dresses are southern look, Gone With The Wind dramatic, wedding gowns that will simply take your breath away. Each look has an A-Line foundation and heavy, full train. The dresses are flare with detachable boleros that are long sleeved, against a corset bodice. They are form flattering and evoke emotions of love and desire when seen on those wearing them.

Capelets are all the craze in Oscar de la Renta’s fabulous troupe of bridal gowns as onlookers’ ogle and photographers snap pictures. The collection is filled with marvel and whimsy as the designer couples’ leaf and flower petal inspired bustier bodices with swaged, Latin look capelets. His dresses put you in the mind of tiered white Christmas trees made of chiffon and lace and leave you with a romantic, regal impression. They look like they should be worn by dignitaries during the Kennedy administration like Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy or elite-class Princess Kate of Wales. The dresses give off a nostalgic vibe and are sure to catch the attention of wedding guests and reporters.

The Weddings of Alberta

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person,” 1950’s journalist Mignon McLaughlin once said. Nothing inspires romance quite like having the perfect wedding. Preparation is the key. There are several details that should be covered in order to pull off a successful event.

Create a Timeline

“Productivity is never an accident. It’s always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.” Paul J. Meyer founder of the Success Motivation Institute.

Visualize how you want to present yourself and your spouse to friends and family. What do you want to look like on the society page or when you show photos to your future kids? Constructing a vision board is key. Using a cork board panel, picture book, or large poster, take cutlets from fabric swatches, magazine pictures of wedding gowns, a card from exotic venues and restaurant ads of meals. This dream board helps you visualize your goal so you can implement different aspects of your wedding, reception and honeymoon through to its finalization. Now that each task is envisioned, put the details in writing so you’ll know exactly what you need to spend.

  • Make a budget that covers everything – starting from the major details to the smallest.
  • Decide what time of year you want to have the wedding. Do you prefer a summer theme or fall?
  • If there are specific days you don’t want to compete with like the 4th of July, make a list of them.
  • Are you going to do this on your own? If not, this is the time to secure a wedding consultant.

These are the important firsts of a solid wedding plan. Did you put pictures of steak, fish, or chicken dishes on your vision board? Now’s the time to make inquiries to catering companies and set up appointments sample their cuisine. If hearing harpists strum heavenly chords has always made you feel sentimental, maybe it’s time to schedule harp players. This is also the time to decide if you want a DJ or a live band.

Contact photographers and ask them to email portfolios or samples of their work – weddings in particular – to help you decide which you want to use. This also gives you the opportunity to find out what their requirements are about deposits and refunds.

Does the venue that you’re considering include tables and chairs as a part of the contract or will you have to get your own? Keep a notebook with details of the event sites, about each photographer and their requirements, the entertainment you want, florists and caterers to refer to later.

After you’ve pin pointed an exact date, time, and location you can make reservations for guests coming from out of town. You can also start a wedding registry so attendees will know what gifts to buy.

Insurance is a must. Contact an agent about wedding insurance to cover mishaps and deposits. Coverage typically protects against things like if transportation failing to arrive, damaged film or loss of photographic material, unexpected problems with the bride’s dress or loss of rings. Accidents do happen.

Once you’ve got your date you can order bridesmaid dresses and reserve tuxedos, as well as order and send out invitations for an RSVP stamp. You can also book the harpists for the wedding and a band for the reception now.